To help people better understand themselves and their problems in order to cope with the demands of their daily lives.


The science of understanding human behavior, thought, emotion and perception.

Quality Competent Care:

Diakonos Counseling is a team of Licensed Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed Clinical Social Workers who provide psychological and counseling services  focused on the individuals needs of each client.  Diakonos has been a full-time mental health private practice for over 30 years and has over 100 years of combined experience. Our therapists tailor each session to maximize the client's healing process. As professionals, we firmly believe that choosing the correct therapist is a very personal and important decision. We encourage you to ask questions and express your concerns and goals with the therapist before you make your final decision. We would be more than happy to speak with you and help you decide if one of our therapists is a good match for your needs.

Fees For Service:

As a private professional business, we rely on fees for our services.  Fees are covered by insurance, co-pays, and fee-for-service payments.  Payments are expected at the time of your appointment.  Methods of payment include cash, check and all major credit cards.  As a part of our services, we will verify your insurance benefits and file claims on your behalf.  

Our standard counseling fee is $130.00 per session.  This fee is average for our location and services. We accept insurance payments from many companies. We also offer a fee reduction based on an income sliding scale. To see if you qualify for a fee reduction please call us at 816-373-9240.

  • You can find lower cost counseling if finances are an issue.  However, keep in mind that counseling is such an important part of your life that finding the right treatment is more important than finding a therapist with a lower fee.


As a courtesy to our clients and potential clients, our support staff will call to verify your insurance benefits.  Please keep in mind that we are not responsible if we are misquoted benefits or your plan does not pay as we were informed. 

Counseling Areas:

Abuse Recovery
Anger Management
Assertiveness Training 
Bitterness - Resentment
Blended Families
Boundaries in Life
Burnout or Exhaustion
Career Planning
Children's Issues
Confidence Building
Conflict Resolution
Control Issues
Crisis Prevention

Developmental Issues
Divorce Recovery
Eating Disorders
Educational Issues
Envy / Jealously
Family Dynamics
Family Dysfunction
Father Issues
Gambling Addiction
Gaming Addiction
Guilt & Shame
Health - Medical
Infidelity / Affairs
Interpersonal Concerns
Leadership Development
Life Coaching
Life Transitions
Loss of Concentration

Loss of Control
Loss of Energy
Men's Issues
Mid-Life Crisis
Mood Management
Mother Issues
Oppositional Defiant
Pain Management
Panic Attacks
Phase of Life
Pornography Addiction

Second Careers
Sexual Addiction
Sexual Issues
Single Parenting
Social Anxiety 
Spiritual Issues
Stress Management
Substance Abuse / Addiction
Survivor Issues 
Team Building
Teen Issues
Time Management
Trauma Recovery
Trust Violations
Weight Loss
Woman's Issues
Work / Career Issues

Individual Therapy:

Individual therapy consists of a face-to-face session between a trained mental health therapist and a client.   The therapist will examine thoughts, feelings and behaviors and the relationships and patterns between them. The therapist and client will work together on achieving  goals that were set in place during the initial evaluation.  These goals will help the client cope with problems in their life.  Therapy may address forms of mental illness, or everyday problems in managing or maintaining interpersonal relationships or meeting personal goals.  Sessions typically occur weekly at the start of therapy and as problems decrease, sessions may go to bi-weekly or monthly until sessions are no longer needed.  

Family Therapy:

Family therapy works with families that are needing change, development, encouragement, or resolution and will help to promote better relationships and understanding within a family.  The need for family therapy may be incident-specific (death, divorce, addiction,  etc) or it can help the family simply learn how to communicate with each other better. Family therapy emphasizes relationships as an important factor in psychological health.  The "family" is defined in terms of strongly supportive, long-term roles and relationships between people who may or may not be related by blood or marriage.  The goal of the family therapist is to influence conversations in a way that catalyzes the strength, wisdom, and support of the family system.   Most family issues, whether large or small, can be resolved if the family members all work together. 

Group Therapy:

Group therapy consists of multiple individuals who meet face-to-face with a trained group therapist.  A group session normally lasts 45 - 90 minutes.  Groups are made up of people that share similar problems, backgrounds or interests.   These sessions are geared towards every individual in the group working with the therapist and  together to help each other process through their issues.   Clients use feedback, problem solving and role play to gain insights into themselves. Feedback includes expressing your own feelings about what someone says or does.  Interaction between group members is highly encouraged and provides each person with an opportunity to try out new ways of behaving.  It is a safe environment in which members work to establish a level of trust that allows them to talk personally and honestly.  The psychological safety of the group will allow the expression of feelings which are often difficult to express outside of the group.  It is important to keep in mind that you are the one who determines how much you disclose in the group.  You will not be forced to tell your innermost thoughts and secrets.  Group therapy includes the expectation of confidentiality, and any breaches to confidentiality will be grounds for removal from the group. There are groups for adults and children with ADHD, depression, anger issues, eating disorders, addictions, etc. 

Couple's Therapy:

Couple's therapy helps couples understand and resolve conflicts and improve their relationship.  Couple's therapy gives couples the tools to communicate better, negotiate differences, problem solve and even argue in a healthier way.  Couple's therapy can be short term or long term depending if your relationship has greatly deteriorated.  Illness, infidelity, sex, anger, pornography, money, and communication problems all can contribute to distress in relationships.  Couple's therapy can help resolve conflicts and heal wounds.  We understand that relationships are a lot of hard work, but it is possible for your relationship to move from angry conflict to acceptance as you build towards a new level of intimacy and closeness.

Play Therapy:

Play therapy is generally employed with children aged 3 - 11 and provides a way for them to express their experiences and feelings through a natural, self-guided, self-healing process.  As children's experiences and knowledge are often communicated through play, it becomes an important vehicle for them to know and accept themselves and others.  Play therapy is a form of counseling that uses play to communicate with and help children, to prevent or resolve psychosocial challenges.  This is thought to help them towards better social integration, growth and development.  Play therapy can also be used as a tool for diagnosis.  A play therapist observes a child playing with toys to determine the cause of the disturbed behavior.  The objects and patterns of play, as well as the willingness to interact with the therapist, can be used to understand the underlying behavior.

Premarital Counseling:

Premarital counseling helps couples better understand and prepare for marriage.  Premarital counseling can help ensure that you and your partner have a strong, healthy relationship, giving you a better chance for a stable and satisfying marriage.  Premarital counseling can also help you identify and work to amend weaknesses that could become bigger problems during marriage.  Marriage is a union of two individuals who have come together from different families, each with a different set of expectations concerning marriage.  Because of this, each has a predetermined idea about how conflict should be handled, the value of money management, religion, having children, and what it means to love someone.  Our premarital counseling is a series of typically 5 sessions that helps each couple prepare for a rich, enduring marriage.